There are people who are quite happy working, living life and staying put, never set foot on another city, let alone a country. They are loyal to their friends, their family and most importantly, their comfortable lifestyle of never changing routines.
And then, there are people who are constantly on the go, never happy with routine and stability and have an itch to leave everything behind to experience the differences in the world. They may be loyal to their friends and families but hardly see them more than once a year.
I happen to be the second type. Perhaps not to that extreme, but nevertheless, I am pretty much off somewhere as much as I financially can.
Travelling is a bug and once caught, will stay with you for a very long time. It’s that inner itch of wanting to explore, to experience new cultures, to learn new languages, to make new friends and to have the world under our feet.
There is just so much out there to see and to learn. When travelling, I can imagine the excitement that historical adventurers felt when having discovered a new continent, new cultures and a new world.
Travelling can expand your horizons but can make you feel so minute, so small.
People travel for different motives, but I believe there is only one reason that keeps us all going – love. Pico Iyer, in his article titled Why We Travel says…
“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves…. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and betaken in, and fall in love once more”
A fascinating concept, comparing travel to falling in love, yet how true his claims are! When you fall in love, you become eager to taste the fruits of a new lust, like a journey into foreign lands where at first, you never are sure where you are going and what you are going to come across, yet persistently, slowly treading the waters to test its depth, and with an anticipation of something great will happen, opens your eyes to see it all. Iyer in the same article describes every new trip as a new love affair, so easily pleased and so easily to lose yourselves in.
Then it’s fair to say, that our reasons for travelling, is the same reasons that makes us fall in love; that curiosity of the unknown and the process of discovery, so seductive and lustful, comes in the forms of natural beauty and traditional cultures, knocking on the doors of our anticipating souls, ready to open our hearts to new worlds beyond our own.
What do you think? Why do YOU travel?